Excerpt: There are two things that the Japenese love in gaming. A decent RPG and a decent mech combat game. Any one of the two genres get released and you can immediately guarantee that it will hit the number one spot, as was the case with Armored Core V earlier this year. There is also a nice hardcore following of mech games here too but for the most part, unless you already love the genre, chances are most people will not give it a second look.
Conclusion: The other achievements are challenging but obtainable given practice and persistence. Fun Factor & Replay Value: 5 / 5 Thanks to a lively online community, this game looks to be fun and populated for years to come. If you've been looking for a mech fighting home since Chromehounds got shut down, this just might be the place for you.
Conclusion: Armored Core V is certainly a deep game, but it’s also one that is let down by an underwhelming solo experience and an overly demanding online mode. If you look past the repetitive gameplay structure and focus on building a squad of likeminded allies then you will be rewarded, given enough time, but getting to that point might be too much of an ask for most.
Summary: Armored Core V would probably be interesting just because it fills a niche for mecha fans that few other active games can, but it’s actually a good game regardless. It will require some trial and error (or study online) to figure out how to play properly, but is definitely worth the effort!
Conclusion: You start off with a budget AC made out of junk-grade parts and then, by completing mission after mission, you'll gradually upgrade your Vauxhall Astra into the Mercedes SLR of the mecha world - just like it's always been. Only rather than going it alone as a solo soldier with nobody to cover your six, you can now recruit some help when a mission objective is proving too much for one pilot to handle - and that's the key thing that makes this a standout sequel rather than...
Excerpt: Man, Armored Core. I’ve been on and off with this series since the original – back when the Ravens and the first post-apocalyptic corporate warfare mecha-play came onto the scene. I’ve loved it, I’ve gotten bored with it, and I’ve loved it again. And now, here we are with Armored Core 5 offering up multiplayer, tons of customizability, and more. Is this latest experience going to keep me – and you – hooked?